Theories of Child Maltreatment Comparison Essay by write123

Theories of Child Maltreatment
An analysis and comparison of the ecology theory and social learning theory as they apply to child maltreatment.
# 106492 | 2,638 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper explores the ecology theory and social learning theory as they apply to child maltreatment. The paper develops a concept of how each theory applies to the origins and maintenance of child maltreatment. It then goes on to discuss each theory in critical analysis and in application to child maltreatment. The paper also provides a comparison and contrast of the two theories and discusses the evidence that detracts from each theory.

Table of Contents:
Origins and Maintenance of Child Maltreatment
Theory Critical Analysis
Theory Application to Child Maltreatment
Comparison and Contrast
Summary of Empirical Evidence

From the Paper:

"Most empirical evidence supporting both social learning theory and ecology theory as they apply to child maltreatment are relatively contemporary to the development of the base theories themselves. It is safe to say that some research provided sustainable theory correlation while other research challenged the basic tenants and broad concepts of the theory. (Bornstein, 1995) For the most part it has been concluded by empirical research in the present and recent past that there are far more factors involved in the presence or absence of child maltreatment that was previously believed and that biology and environment (social and physical) play an important role. It would not be surprising to me if the concepts associated with ecology theory were applied anew to social concerns relating to child maltreatment as such a trend is likely to elicit new understandings and possibilities for research and prevention. The basic tenant of the empirical evidence of the present is that there is no magic, single answer to why some maltreat their children and even against all odds some do not. The pressures of society, play a significant role in child maltreatment as do many other core and nominal factors, such as previous maltreatment and or ignorance to appropriate care."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bandura, A. (1973). Aggression: A Social Learning Analysis. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Bandura, A. (1977). Social Learning Theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Bandura, A. (1979). "The Social Learning Perspective: Mechanisms of Aggression." In Psychology of Crime and Criminal Justice, edited by H. Toch. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
  • Belsky, J. (1980). "Child Maltreatment: An Ecological Integration." American Psychologist, 35(4): 320-335.
  • Belsky J. ( 1984). "The determinants of parenting: A process model". Child Development, 55, 83-96.

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